London, Jan 26: The al-Qaeda has issued a chilling video threat to UK on YouTube. According to The Sun, Osama bin Laden's partners in crime are seen ranting in the video that has footage of a black-clad gunman riddling the Union Flag with bullets.
The Stars and Stripes is also peppered - along with Israel's flag. Anatic Abu Hareth Muhammad al-Oufi , a former Guantanamo Bay inmate , vents his fury at the West while fondling an automatic rifle and brandishing a grenade.
The recording was posted on YouTube, which attracts up to 100 million visits a day. It was also downloaded to a number of extremist websites with hundreds of thousands of members. Analysts said the message meant Britain is a revenge target for Israel's war in Gaza.
"Al-Qaeda is clearly taking aim at Britain. This makes it obvious, if there was any doubt, we rank alongside the US and Israel at the top of their hate list," the tabloid quoted terror expert Chris Dobson, as warning.
Online terror investigator Neil Doyle added: "There has been a noticeable increase in chatter about attacks at the UK."